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L'impact du Parti Populaire Européen dans la première élection du Parlement Européen au suffrage universel

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  • Joseph M. Jamar

Abstract

The European People's Party - with its 11 Members in 7 countries - represents, according to the latest legislative elections in the member countries of the EEC, about 40 million voters, and 28 % of the total
EEC electorate.  Presenting itself as multi-classis! and open to individual adhesions, it refers also directly to the traditional values of Christian Democracy.
Signs of heterogeneity can be seen, however, on three main levels - «ideological», political and  economical -, which give the EPP a bipolar aspect : on the one hand, the traditional Christian-Democrat Parties of Italy and the Benelux, all playing a major role in their respective countries, and all backed by strong trade-unions; on the other hand, the German CDU/CSU and the French CDS, less concentrated on
confessional options, and more «right-wing». Between the two, the Fine Gail, only party to have joined the Christian-Democrat Group after the first enlargement.
This heterogeneity is, however, compensated by strong pro-European options, which make the EPP the best organized political family on the European level, and enable its leaders to express strong hopes for the election in June.

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Jamar, J., (1979) “L'impact du Parti Populaire Européen dans la première élection du Parlement Européen au suffrage universel”, Res Publica 21(1), p.29-42. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v21i1.19421

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30 Mar 1979
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